When the police sirens wail, the crowd roars, “Throw me something, Mister!” and beads are airborne as the Mardi Gras celebration in Leesville gets underway. The event is held every year on the Saturday before Ash Wednesday (Ash Wednesday is always 46 days before Easter, and Easter is determined as the Sunday following the first full moon that happens on or after the March equinox.) The event closes as the Knights of Columbus King and Queen of Mardi Gras pass through the crowd on their official float.
Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade
Join city officials and the King Day Coalition for a parade/walk to encourage people to remember the efforts of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. This parade is held each year on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. It begins at the corner of Hwy. 171 and Martin Luther King Drive and concludes with a rally at the MLK Community Center.
Leesville High School Homecoming Parade
Join students from the Leesville High School, as well as featured alumni, on 3rd street during the month of October to celebrate the LHS Homecoming.
On the second Saturday of December, the Greater Vernon Chamber of Commerce hosts their annual Christmas parade. This event is held after dark to enhance the beautifully lit floats and entries, many with live music and all throwing goodies. An honoree Grand Marshall leads the way, with old St. Nick bringing up the rear. Participants are judged and awards presented immediately afterwards.